Juvenile and Children's Law Section

This section provides a forum for lawyers who deal with juvenile and children’s law. It produces CLE courses related to this practice area, distributes a newsletter to section members, and works toward improving juvenile justice and children’s law.

Chair
The Odeneal Firm
PO Box 392
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
LinkedIn: Stacie Odeneal
(931)762-4012
Vice-Chair
Po Box 4548
Chattanooga, TN 37405-0548
(423)436-1529
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Shelby County Asks DOJ for Release from Juvenile Court MOA

Shelby County has again asked the U.S. Department of Justice to be released from the requirements of a memorandum of agreement between the Juvenile Court, the county and the DOJ to reform the court, The Commercial Appeal reports. A June 6 monitor’s report, however, recommended continued oversight, citing concerns including psychiatric evaluations and the number of minors still transferred to adult court.
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New Indigent Defense Rates in Effect

The new 25 percent pay increase for indigent defense officially went into effect on July 1. The increase, the first of its kind in 20 years, was approved by the General Assembly this year. The hourly rate paid to court-appointed lawyers representing indigent parties is now $50 an hour for all services, while limits on the total amount of compensation a lawyer can receive in certain cases have been raised by $250 to $500. "The court views this increase as the first in a series of changes for attorney rates and Tennessee’s indigent representation system," Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Bivins said.

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